|We spent the morning riding around on red tour busses to see the various sights of the city. Got off at Notre Dame and the Arc d'Triomphe to explore things a bit more. When we were on the Champs Elysees, we thought we'd stop into Cartier and check things out. The doorman wasn't so sure about letting us enter, but then he let us enter through the magical portal. Patti preferred a diamond encrusted bracelet and Mary preferred a more simple and elegant necklace.
In the evening we had dinner at a small restaurant near the hotel. At this point we began to regret not bringing a camera along. The food was delicious and our dessert stood a bout 8 inches high.
Mary headed back to the hotel while we went off to explore the Latin Quarter via the Metro. Found a great swing/jazz club (Caveau de la Huchette) and had a great time there. The club was several flights of downstairs down into a cavern...wonderful musicians and accomplished lindy dancers. We brought our own style and drew some nice compliments ourselves.
Around midnight was crossed over the river to visit Notre Dame one last night. We stood on the marker of "the center of Paris" and then a performance started with the fire jugglers. The young woman's was like a beautiful dance with two fireballs and then a circle of fire with a lit hula hoop, and then her brother did a more vigorous fire juggling act. At the end, he lit a couple of balls of fireworks (tied to some short lengths of rope) and fireworks filled the air in glorious movement. What a thrilling site to see.
We took the metro back to our hotel and decided it was not time to end the evening, so we stopped into a sidewalk cafe just one block from our hotel and had a glass of champagne. The next day, we will be taking the train to Chalon sur Saone to begin the river cruise.